Institutions rush for seedlings ahead of Green Ghana Day


Many agencies and institutions in the Central Region have inundated offices of the Forest Division Service (FSD) in Central Region to pick up the free seedlings to plant ahead of the Green Ghana Day.

seedlingsThe Day will be celebrated on Friday June 10, this year with the planting of 20 million trees across the country.

The institutions and agencies demanding the seedlings include Religious and Traditional organizations, the Judicial Service, schools, both public and private institutions, individuals, health institutions and others.

As at 10:00 hours the Ghana News Agency (GNA) visited the office more than 600,000.00 seedlings have been distributed across the Region.

The trees picked up include mahogany, timber, emery, fruit trees, coconut, avocado, apple, Ornament tree seedlings, militia, acacia, royal palm, cedrella among other trees were also distributed.

In an interview with Mr Michael Pentsil, the Regional Director of the Division, said the Region had projected planting about 1.6 million trees but was poised to plant two million.

He disclosed that trees to be planted this year included fruit trees, ornamental trees, indigenous and exotic trees, among others.

The Regional Director expressed gratitude to all stakeholders for their immense contribution towards exceeding the target so far.

Mr Paintsil appealed to all Metropolitan Municipal District Assemblies, religious groups, traditional authorities, and institutions to support the Commission to restore the country’s lost forests.

He urged the public to own the trees and develop strategies to nurture them for the benefit of all.

The government, with support from various stakeholders, undertook a nationwide tree planting exercise last year to restore the country’s forest cover.

More than five million trees were planted across the country as part of the project initiated by the government also to encourage the citizens and to inculcate in them the habit of planting trees to protect the vegetation cover for balanced ecology and as a long-term measure against heavy storms.

By Victoria Agyemang, GNA


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